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Feast or famine

Monica Marulanda regularly arrives to work at 5:30 a.m. at the renowned No. 9 Park, where she prepares the award-winning pasta. Originally from Colombia, she got a foot in the door at the restaurant and, through the guidance and support of her mentor Barbara Lynch, has risen as a prized contributor to the local culinary scene.

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New Wage Theft Law Would Target Somerville Employers

Somerville, Mass. - Somerville officials are considering adopting a new ordinance that would see employers guilty of wage theft lose or fail to gain licenses and permits issued by the city.

The ordinance drafted by the city’s Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone came after Somerville residents and activists signed a petition in April seeking a public hearing by the Board of Aldermen on the issue of wage theft in the city.

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City looks at the wage theft issue

Four wage dispute cases between One World Cuisine – which operates Diva Indian Bistro in Davis Square, as well as a number of other restaurants and liquor stores – and its former employees developed into a political discussion in Somerville this week. 

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Wage Theft Ordinance update, discussion by BoA set for Tuesday, June 18

The Board of Aldermen’s Legislative Matters Committee is set to have a second meeting on the proposed Wage Theft Ordinance on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:00 PM at City Hall.  

The proposed ordinance would allow the city to revoke a license or permit from a business found guilty of wage theft by either the state Attorney General or the federal Department of Labor.  If Somerville adopts the ordinance, it would be the first of its kind in Massachusetts.

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Somerville immigrant rights group fears post-bombing backlash

A Somerville-based immigrant and worker’s rights group is worried that the Boston Marathon bombings will lead to a backlash against immigrants.

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Curtatone promises anti-wage theft ordinance

The Somerville mayor’s office is drafting an ordinance to grant officials legal power to fight wage theft in the city.

Mayor Joe Curtatone told approximately ten Somerville residents gathered in front of City Hall on April 9 to rally for an anti-wage theft ordinance that the city is currently drafting such an ordinance, which will be presented to the Board of Aldermen on April 11.

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Somerville restaurant seized for not paying taxes

A Somerville restaurant was seized by the state Tuesday for nonpayment of taxes until the owner came by with a check later in the day.

Diva Indian Bistro in Davis Square had a large orange “Seized” sticker on its window Jan. 29 and state officials closed the restuarant, changed the locks and conferred inside. They were reportedly waiting for the owner to show up with a check, sources said.

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Somerville residents speak out about wage theft

Raquel DeLeon was working at a construction company in Somerville, when she and six other women stopped receiving compensation for the work they were doing.

DeLeon said the company didn’t pay her for 64 hours of work, totaling $584 in unpaid wages.

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Activists rally in Lexington against accused wage withholders

Members of a nonprofit held a demonstration outside the Solomon Pierce Road home of restau

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Reuniting war-torn families from El Salvador to Somerville

Do you know any Salvadorans in their 30s who, as young children, were put up for adoption in El Salvador during that country’s brutal civil war in the 1980s? Perhaps you know - or know of - a Salvadoran family currently living in Somerville who had a child abducted during the war.